We’re PPRO.
Hello, ciao, 你好!

We help people around the world pay for things the way they want to.

….are just some of the businesses that run on our local payments infrastructure.

Our vision

We believe

…everyone should be able to use their preferred payment method at the checkout.

So we’re building an infrastructure to make it easier for businesses to launch and manage these payment methods.

By doing so, we can empower merchants to reach more markets. And we can give consumers the financial freedom they deserve.

That’s why we’re committed to making our infrastructure the reason why people can pay for things the way they want to.

That is our vision, our purpose, our “what gets us out of bed in the morning.”

Meet our leadership team

Their collective expertise spans finance, product, technology, operations, human resources, and customer experience.

They’re also super friendly too.

Simon Black

Joined: 2015

Chief Executive Officer

Under Simon’s leadership, we’ve become the go-to local payments infrastructure for the industry. We’ve attracted investment from industry giants such as PayPal and acquired Latin American payments specialist allpago.

Before joining PPRO, he spent a decade at Sage Group, helping them become the UK’s biggest payment gateway for SMEs. He also led their creation of Sage One, the leading online accounting and payroll application.

In his early career, Simon founded a marketing software start-up and held senior strategy and consulting roles across the US and the UK.

He also supports Manchester United, but nobody’s perfect.

Claire Gates

Joined: 2021

Chief Commercial Officer

Claire leads our sales and marketing efforts, making sure they are highly integrated and have a strong go-to-market focus.

Prior to joining us, she was the CEO for Paysafe Pay Later, a white-label point-of-sale solution, which she helped to expand across EMEA and NA.

A fintech expert with over 25 years’ experience, Claire has also held positions at American Express, Virgin Money, Mastercard, and Citi, as well as at numerous start-ups, including Borro.com, FXE.co.uk, and ECO Capacity Exchange.

She’s a passionate advocate of workplace diversity and mentors a number of start-ups. When she’s not PPROing, she enjoys running, keeping fit, and travel.

Stefan Merz

Joined: 2018

Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

Stefan leads the development and execution of our company strategy, guiding game-changing initiatives across multiple teams.

Before joining us in November 2018, Stefan held senior positions at Siemens and HP Enterprises in the US. He also served as Chief Strategy Officer for Diebold Nixdorf, where he managed acquisitions and divestitures.

Javier Vallaure

Joined: 2019

Chief Operating Officer

Before joining us, Javier was the co-founder and COO of Latin American payments specialist allpago.

He was one of the driving forces behind the company’s expansion throughout Latin America before we acquired them in June 2019.

Previously, Javier was an analyst for Morgan Stanley and worked across Mexico, France, and Spain for Grupo Lar.

He holds a double diploma from Universidad Pontificia Comillas and Reims Management School, as well as an MBA from ESMT.

Christine von der Hardt

Joined: 2020

Chief People Officer

Christine leads our HR team, ensuring that our efforts in hiring, training, professional development, and performance management support our growth.

Having worked as part of international teams, and being a dual citizen of Germany and the US, she is skilled at nurturing our international culture.

Christine joined us in late 2020 from Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, where she was the responsible Talent Development and Management Director in Germany, focusing on the development of Microsoft talent.

Prior to Microsoft, she worked across the globe in senior roles at Bain & Company and Siemens AG.

Götz Möller

Joined: 2019

Chief Financial Officer

Götz oversees our finance, legal, compliance, and licensing processes and people. With a strong background in change management and mergers and acquisitions, Götz is instrumental in building, facilitating, and implementing mergers, acquisitions, carve outs and divestments of the PPRO Group across the world.

Before joining us in April 2019, he worked for BS PAYONE, where he served as CFO and played a substantial role in successfully concluding the joint venture between BS PAYONE and Ingenico.

He holds a PhD in physics and an MBA from INSEAD.

Katherine Garrod

Joined: 2020

Chief Information Security Officer

Katherine leads our technology risk team, driving everything from our broad strategy and detailed tactics to security posture and regulation.

She joined us after a 7-year spell as CISO at a global hedge fund with a proprietary trading and execution platform.

Between 2008-2014, she engineered a global, ultra-low latency financial market data network.

She has a passion for event-driven automation. And when she’s not keeping our infrastructure safe, you’ll find her exploring neuroscience, psychology, and social training. She also enjoys strength training and calisthenics.

Elian Schweizer

Joined: 2017

Global Head of Product

Elian and his team of product experts are responsible for coming up with solutions for every stage in the payments flow, from processing to collections and acquiring.

Before joining PPRO, he worked for Ingenico Payment Services in the field of alternative payment methods.

Prior to that, he managed his own company for several years, which distributed digital goods on the internet.

Elian studied in Munich and holds a diploma in media informatics.

Andrew Edem

Joined: 2011

Global Head of Innovation

Andrew leads our innovation, including our value added services.

An engineer by trade, Andrew joined PPRO in 2011. He drove the design and architecture of our prepaid card issuing platform, and was also heavily involved in regulatory projects, supplier relationships, and much more besides.

In 2015, he was promoted to lead the Software Engineering team, where he grew the department five-fold and also oversaw responsibility for research and development.

Prior to joining PPRO, he managed the software and infrastructure teams for a prepaid card issuer. Before moving into fintech, he worked as a Software Engineer in the computer networking and telephony industries.

Germán Fuentes Capella

Joined: 2020

Director of Engineering

Germán heads up our engineering operations, helping to foster a collaborative environment where every member of the team can thrive and innovate.

Before joining us, he served as Chief Technology Officer at ONPEX, a digital payments company based in Luxembourg.

He’s also held several senior positions at various payment and e-commerce companies, including ACI Worldwide and PAY.ON.

Germán received an engineer’s degree in computer science from Universidad de Valladolid.

Jean Mies

Joined: 2021

General Manager for Latin America

Jean leads our office and strategy in Latin America.

He joined us from Adyen, where he worked as President for Latin America. During a ten-year spell, he grew the company’s regional presence from a one-person operation to a team of over a hundred. By the time he left, Adyen’s value had skyrocketed to $US70 billion.

Prior to Adyen, Jean held senior roles in technology (RealMedia, United Internet AG) and finance (Western Union) in Europe before moving back to Brazil, where he now lives.

Prior to joining PPRO, he managed the software and infrastructure teams for a prepaid card issuer. Before moving into fintech, he worked as a Software Engineer in the computer networking and telephony industries.

Tony Glasby

Joined: 2021

Senior Vice President of Banking and Payments Strategy

Tony is responsible for determining our future banking and payments requirements.

Before joining us, he served as Vice President and Group Treasurer at PayPal from 2015 to 2021. It’s a role that saw him oversee their treasury functions, covering everything from capital markets and foreign exchange to financial strategy.

His previous positions include Vice President and Group Treasurer at Ebay, as well as senior finance and business roles at HP Enterprise Services and Electronic Data Systems.

Tony is a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, a Chartered Management Accountant, and earned a BA Hons in Business from the University of Westminster, London.

In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, running, tennis, golf and bridge.

Bernie Miles

Joined: 2021

Chief Technology Officer

Bernie is responsible for driving the development of our cross-border tech, overseeing our rapidly expanding teams in Asia, Europe, and South America.

Prior to becoming a PPROer, Bernie served as Wayfair’s Head of Engineering, a role that saw him wear three hats: CTO for Wayfair Europe, Engineering Site Lead for Europe, and Head of Global Payments and Fraud. During his multifaceted tenure, he notched up a number of achievements, including building Wayfair’s biggest tech hub outside of their Boston HQ and establishing the company’s fraud capability from scratch.

He previously held senior engineering and product positions at Klarna, Expedia, and British Airways in a product-centric career spanning over 20 years.

Oh, and he used to be a music producer, songwriter, and musician in a previous life. So we all know who’ll be first up at the leadership team’s karaoke night.

430+ people,
60 nationalities

We’re hiring people who like to build things

Want to use your talent to build something that makes a difference to businesses and consumers around the world? Then you’ll love working here.

10 offices,
from Singapore
to São Paulo
Asia Pacific
North and Latin America